The WORST Episodes of Car S.O.S.

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021

We Brits love our cars but, just like any relationship, sometimes things can get a little rusty. Meet master mechanic Fuzz Townshend and radio and TV presenter Tim Shaw, a petrol-head pair who undertake dramatic automobile interventions across the UK, hoping to return some much-loved motors to their former glory. With a tight deadline to turn each job around without the owners knowing, find out how these neglected classics fell in need of a little loving care – and what Fuzz and Tim can do to get them back on the road.

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A Porsche Puzzle

#1 - A Porsche Puzzle

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 7, 2014

Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw face a race against time to restore a 1980s Porsche 911 suffering from almost terminal rust

star 7.11
66 votes
AC Aceca

#2 - AC Aceca

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 14, 2016

Today Tim and Fuzz are off to Leeds to take on one of the most beautiful British sports cars that no one has ever heard of - the AC Aceca.

star 7.27
85 votes
Mini Cooper S

#3 - Mini Cooper S

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 2, 2016

Tim and Fuzz head to Eastbourne on a quest to secretly restore a 1962 Mini Cooper S and transform it into a Monte Carlo-winning replica.

star 7.33
94 votes
Vauxhall Astra GTE

#4 - Vauxhall Astra GTE

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired May 26, 2016

General Motors was a late entrant to the hot hatch market - but when it did turn up to the party, it did so with an amazingly effective offering.

star 7.36
98 votes
Austin Re-Powered

#5 - Austin Re-Powered

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 28, 2013

Tim and Fuzz travel the country searching for cars that have seen better days, and owners who need a helping hand restoring them. This episode focuses on the 1928 Austin 12 Tourer.

star 7.38
34 votes
Anglia Angels

#6 - Anglia Angels

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 7, 2013

The Hutchings-Clarke family all drive Ford Anglias, except James, whose own model doesn't even have an engine. Will the guys manage to rescue it?

star 7.50
48 votes
Triumph of the Stag

#7 - Triumph of the Stag

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 21, 2013

Tim and Fuzz head to Portsmouth on a mission to rescue an ex-navy diver’s Triumph Stag and hopefully put a smile back on his face.

star 7.51
41 votes
Escort RS in Distress

#8 - Escort RS in Distress

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 19, 2014

star 7.58
38 votes
Peugeot 106 Rallye

#9 - Peugeot 106 Rallye

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 22, 2021

Tim and Fuzz head to Norfolk where a once sporty French hot hatch awaits. The car belongs to 21-year-old student Senna who comes from a family of petrol heads.

star 7.59
17 votes
Datsun 240z

#10 - Datsun 240z

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 28, 2016

Today Tim and Fuzz are off to West Sussex to rescue an iconic 1970s motor - the first truly successful Japanese car export - the Datsun 240z.

star 7.66
64 votes
Beetle Mania

#11 - Beetle Mania

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 21, 2013

‘Boris’ the VW Beetle may once have been a beauty but it soon found itself gathering rust in the garage. The guys attempt to restore it.

star 7.67
45 votes
Directors: Steve Bonser
Writers:
Zodiac Come Back

#12 - Zodiac Come Back

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 4, 2013

The guys head to Norfolk to revive an ageing Ford Zodiac. But tensions soon arise when Fuzz changes the paint back to the original colour scheme.

star 7.68
34 votes
Start the Dart

#13 - Start the Dart

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 31, 2014

Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw head to Berkshire where they hope to surprise the loving owner of a Daimler SP250 'Dart' by secretly restoring his classic sports car

star 7.68
22 votes
Peugeot 205 GTI

#14 - Peugeot 205 GTI

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 19, 2018

Tim and Fuzz take on their first ever rally car , an 1989 Peugeot 205GTi that turns out to not be all that it purports to be. The car belongs to veterinary surgeon Jeremy a once keen amateur rally driver whose racing ambitions were curtailed when his wife developed brain cancer. Former Monte Carlo winner and race legend Paddy Hopkirk joins the team to give Jeremy a day to remember.

star 7.71
45 votes
Cannon Goldfinger

#15 - Cannon Goldfinger

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired May 7, 2020

Tim and Fuzz take on possibly their most obscure car to date, a little-known 1964 trials competition car, all of which were originally hand-made by their creator.

star 7.71
14 votes
MG Miracle

#16 - MG Miracle

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 24, 2014

Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore vehicles for their unsuspecting owners, beginning by surprising a terminally ill car fanatic by fixing up his beloved 1938 MG TA

star 7.72
36 votes
Cosworth In Crisis

#17 - Cosworth In Crisis

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 28, 2013

The Ford Cosworth was once seen as a classy car, but for Darren it's a reminder of a family tragedy. Can the guys restore it to its former glory?

star 7.73
66 votes
Directors: Steve Bonser
Writers:
The Rover's Return

#18 - The Rover's Return

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 14, 2013

Rover-lover Steve’s health issues have ended his dreams of renovating his 1972 P6. Can the guys beat the odds and save Steve's beloved car?

star 7.75
51 votes
Stirling Moss Sprite Special

#19 - Stirling Moss Sprite Special

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 9, 2015

Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw secretly restore more classic motors, beginning with a historic racing car - the Austin Healey Sebring Sprite - so that Stirling Moss can get back behind the wheel.

star 7.78
40 votes
BMW 2002 Turbo

#20 - BMW 2002 Turbo

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 21, 2016

A Car S.O.S. call comes in for a BMW 2002 Turbo, but it becomes apparent that this legendary motor might prove a restoration challenge too far.

star 7.78
95 votes
Austin 7

#21 - Austin 7

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 30, 2020

Tim and Fuzz take on a 1924 Austin 7 Chummy that doesn't belong to its owner. If the boys can get the car working again, he'll be in for quite the surprise.

star 7.79
14 votes
Phoenix Jeep

#22 - Phoenix Jeep

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 14, 2013

Having survived World War II, Dick Masters' Jeep was damaged in an arson attack. The guys embark on a rapid renovation project to surprise him.

star 7.79
48 votes
Directors: Steve Bonser
Writers:
Mitsubishi Evo

#23 - Mitsubishi Evo

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 23, 2020

Tim and Fuzz restore a 1990s Japanese super saloon for a Devon man forced to give up driving when he developed cancer.

star 7.80
20 votes
Mazda Mx5

#24 - Mazda Mx5

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 12, 2016

Fuzz Townshend and Tim Shaw restore a sports car for a former ambulance driver in Plymouth, who was forced to abandon the project for health reasons.

star 7.82
65 votes
Mazda RX-7

#25 - Mazda RX-7

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired May 18, 2017

Tim and Fuzz restore a Japanese sports car with an innovative, unusual rotary engine - a 1992 Mazda RX-7 that has been standing idle and has fallen into disrepair - for its owner, charity worker Conor

star 7.82
44 votes